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Team V Architecture has planned to start construction on the 73 m residential tower in 2017 and finish construction in 2019. For a short while the tower will likely be the tallest wood skyscraper in the world. The apartments are planned to be fairly high end on the luxury scale with tenants choosing their exact layouts and even the number of floors in their apartments. The project is slated to use mostly CLT along with an innovative facade that has the potential to gather wind energy. The project will be 21 stories tall and seeks to be a modern beacon of sustainable construction techniques.
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Quadrangle Architects has teamed up with Fieldgate Homes to produce Toronto's first Mass Timber six story building. The project will host 37 high end residential suites. Titled, HeartWood The Beach, the development is currently in pre-construction and located at 1884 Queens Street, Toronto, near the waterfront. Mass Timber with use as CLT and Glulam was chosen for the primary structural system being cited as more environmentally friendly than concrete or steel and just as strong. The goal behind the structure is to expose the wood where practical and create a dialogue between modern urban society and the natural world beyond, integrating them as part of a holistic linage.
You can learn more about the project on the developer's website HERE.
The World's tallest Mass Timber building is well underway and the Mass Timber portion of the project is moving ahead of schedule. The 18 story student residence has been proceeding with erection at nearly a pace of two floors per week. The final project will top out at 53 m (173 ft) tall and house over 400 student dorms. The University of British Columbia has been extremely progressive in the pursuit of modern engineered wood products, helping to support the economy of British Columbia, as well as supporting the city of Vancouver for its Greenest city in the world 2020 vision.
A Mass Timber - concrete hybrid structure was selected to demonstrate the viability of Tall Wood structures while remaining cost comparative and adding life safety factors. The project demonstrates a high level of fire safety with multiple redundant systems in place, including 3 layers of gypsum and high end reserve sprinkler system. In the event of an earthquake the timber structural weighs less than the concrete alternative and provides better energy dissipation, allowing it to exemplify superior seismic performance.
The project is revolutionary in its use of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) in a true 2-way span, allowing for the removal of all beams in the structural system. The Mass Timber system consists of glulam columns and CrossLam floor plates with specialty steel connection linking the elements. These elements are progressively assembled and stacked together at a record breaking pace. The Mass Timber portion was prefabricated with CNC machines offsite to tight tolerances. This allows for a quick and easy progression on site with little to no problems and holdups.
Key Mass Timber Project Members of the team are:
UBC Properties Trust - Client
Acton Ostry - Architect of Record
Fast + Epp Engineering - Engineer of Record
UrbanOne - General Contractor
Seagate Structures- Mass Timber Installer
Structurlam Products - Mass Timber / CrossLam Fabricator
This live webcam from Seagate Structures, gives a weekly timelapse of the project and daily photos.
Keep tuned for more updates and in-depth report at the end of the project.
Mass Timber projects are popping up around the globe but this one takes on some exceptionally interesting ideas. Anders Berensson Architects have proposed a skyline changing Wood Skyscrapers for downtown Stockholm. The projects is 113 m tall and built above an existing parking garage. The weight of CLT compared to traditional construction methods was a key determining factor in its choice as the structural system. The positive environmental benefits of the project were also key to the choice of CLT.
The project is wrapped in an artistically stylized facade which not only works as a sunshade for the interior of the structure but also allows easy counting of the floors as this will be the tallest building in Stockholm. The project has been named Trätoppen which means the tree top.
More can be found for the project on Anders Berensson's blog HERE.
A true high rise timber building has been given the green light by the UBC board of directors on October 1st 2015. The project is planned to be an astonishing 53m (174') tall. This will be the tallest wood based building in the world once completed and contains no doubts that this is a true high-rise tall timber building.
The innovative design was produced by Acton Ostry Architects, of Vancouver BC, Architekten Hermann Kaufmann of Austria, and Vancouver's Fast + Epp Structural Engineers. This unique project team was able to combine the benefits of wood with an new structural design making the timber structure a competitive solution to alternatives on its own. CLT is used in a true two way span making it one of the most efficient floor systems possible. Quick connect steel systems are used between glulam columns and CLT floors.
Two concrete elevator cores are combined with glulam columns and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) flooring panels. This produces a robust structure in a high seismic zone while mitigating carbon impacts and allowing a relatively quick erection time. The project is set to be home to 404 student residences while attaining a LEED Gold level accreditation. Strict fire protection methods have been put in place for this one of a kind timber skyscraper arguably making it safer in terms of life safety in the event of any fire conditions. Vigorous testing and requirements were placed on the structure before it was allowed to move ahead the next levels of projects stages demonstrating world wide leadership in technical engineering with the Earth's most dynamic material, wood.
The University of British Columbia is a world leader in Forestry Management and Wood Products research. This project is one of many on the UBC campus to demonstrate innovative, sustainable and beautiful uses of value added local resources. The UBC Faculty of Forestry has something to be proud of today helping produce, demonstrate and be home to a clear example of sustainable forestry matched with modern technologies in Architecture and Engineering.
The project will likely be completed with SPF and Douglas FIr. Some of the tallest Pine trees in the world are reported at 83 m (260') tall, while the tallest Douglas Firs are around 120m (415') tall. Our engineering still has yet to match both the life cycle and structural efficiency of these beautiful organisms, however we are slowly closing the gap with projects like this.
This project will allow the British Columbia Forestry and Construction industries to leap ahead showcasing global leadership in technology, design and engineering.
More information is available in a formal press release from the University of British Columbia.
Images below courtesy Acton Ostry, Images above UBC.
Carbon 12 is an 8 story Mass Timber building planned for Portland, USA. The building is designed for primary residential use with a small commercial space below, housing two commercial spaces. Glulam vertical supports tie into concrete cores which are all fitted together with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floor panels. The project has been developed by the Kaiser Group and PATH architecture. As the name hints at, the carbon foot print of this project has been one of the primary motivators to choose timber as the main building system. The building is set to be 25.9m (85') tall, putting it in the upper realms of existing projects around the world.
Portland appears to be undergoing its own tall timber race. The question will be weather they take hints from beyond the Cascades on construction tactics for these projects or if the will they jump into them with American style gusto and learn the lessons as they go...
The 2015 International Building Code (IBC) has made provisions for CLT, so it is likely that many of the regional hold-ups will be removed and a slew of these Cascadian tall wood buildings will become reality.
Images courtesy of: The Kaiser Group.